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Shenmue (Dreamcast)

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Written by  :  Courtland Funke (45)
Written on  :  Apr 18, 2001
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Summary

The only reason you need to buy a Dreamcast.

The Good

It's an involving story (the first of some 20 something parts I'm told) with spectacular graphics and an amazingly detailed world to explore. You can interact with almost everybody and everything. It's a fighting, adventure, and arcade game all rolled into one.

The Bad

The voice acting is so bad it's often funny. You may even find some Ryoisms working their way into your everyday language. It would be nice if there was a way to pass the time without walking around or spending your money. Often you have to wait for a specific time before you can perform a task and the waiting can get annoying after awhile.

The Bottom Line

It honestly defies description. There is not other game like it. It's a shame the DC had to die before we could get more installments. The second chapter is due out soon. I just hope they develop the rest of the story for another machine so I can find out what happens.